NORTH CREEK-Several events will be held in the region this Memorial Day weekend to honor veterans, including parades, concerts and an appearance by state Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward, R-Willsboro.
In North Creek, the annual Memorial Day parade and service will start at 10 a.m. Monday, May 30 at the Johnsburg Central School (JCS), where the school band will proceed to the veterans memorial on Main Street, according to Terry Waterston, commander of American Legion Post 629, sponsor of the day's activities. The rain site will be the school gym, she said.
North Creek Boy Scout Troop 36 will lead the parade, and scoutmaster Paul Sears - U.S. Army Sgt. First Class, retired - will be the master of ceremonies. The guest speaker will be Daniel Neal, U.S. Navy Lt. Commander, retired.
JCS senior Cassandra Prouty will sing the national anthem. The band will be under the direction of Jonathan DeLappa, and the flag corps will be under the direction of music teacher Mary Leach. The Rev. Wayne Schoonmaker will give the invocation/benediction.
Following the service, there will be a gathering at the North Creek Volunteer Fire Department, where refreshments will be served.
There will be celebrations throughout the day on May 30 in the town of Long Lake. The Memorial Day Parade begins at 8:30 a.m. at the town hall and ends at the cemetery, where a service will be held to honor fallen U.S. soldiers. The parade and service are sponsored by the American Legion Post 650.
In the afternoon, veterans from around the region will take part in the annual Hamilton County Memorial Day Parade, held this year in Long Lake on May 30. The parade starts at 2 p.m., beginning at the Long Lake Town Hall and ending at the Mt. Sabattis Park. Veterans groups from around the county take part, including members of the American Legion Parker-Benton Post 1392 in Indian Lake.
Assemblywoman Sayward, representing the 113th Assembly District in New York, will be the guest speaker. She was invited by Long Lake's American Legion Post 650. Each year, she is invited to many Memorial Day ceremonies but can only attend a few, she said. She will be at a service in South Glens Falls on May 27 and in the town of Moriah on the morning of May 30.
"There's no better time to honor our veterans," Sayward said, referring to the U.S. military presence in places such as Iraq and Afghanistan. "With so many things happening around the world today, I think the timing right now is so important."
This Memorial Day, Sayward will draw from personal experiences, as she currently has a 23-year-old grandson who is attending Officer Candidate School for the U.S. Army at Fort Benning, Georgia.
Tribute to the Troops
More than a dozen local veterans will be honored this Memorial Day weekend during a Tribute to the Troops multimedia event in Indian Lake, Long Lake and Tupper Lake.
The program, sponsored by the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts, will feature the screening of pre-recorded interviews with U.S. servicemen and women and a concert by singer-songwriter Peggy Lynn.
The Tribute to the Troops will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 28 at the Indian Lake Theater; 7 p.m. Sunday, May 29 at the Tupper Lake High School; and 4 p.m. Monday, May 30 at the Long Lake Town Hall.